07.29.14

VA Conference Committee Reaches Agreement on Legislation

WASHINGTON D.C.- Last evening, the Veterans Affairs Conference Committee signed an agreement on legislation that would help address the systemic issues plaguing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Ranking Member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee released the following statement.

"I am pleased that the conference could come together and compromise on much needed legislation to help address the grave problems at the Department of Veteran Affairs," said Senator Richard Burr. "Our compromise will empower veterans with the Veterans Choice Card, allowing them to go outside of VA if they cannot receive care within 30 days or are more than 40 miles away from a VA facility. We extend the TBI program, which helps veterans struggling with traumatic brain injuries. Finally, we give the Secretary of VA the authority to fire VA executives for misconduct or unacceptable job performance. Our men and women in uniform should have the commitment from their nation honored - that they will be cared for and receive a standard of service befitting their great sacrifice."